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Race Preview: Vitus First Track Cup 2019 - Bigwoods

May 10, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  
Riding amongst giants

Another incredible weekend for racing, unbelievable conditions in Big Wood area, in Northern Ireland, for the second stop of the Vitus First Track Cup. Close to 300 riders are registered for the race and have a hell of a craic riding on mint conditions. The race will be 20km with a 575m climb and the same amount of descending, nothing really big, perfect to enjoy and have fun. With six short but physical stages, skills will be thoroughly tested. Sun is shining but inside the forest, on the natural carved trails, there are tons of wet roots waiting for the riders. Some puddles and mud here and there, slippery rocks and tricky sections ready for the challenge.


With some of the top guns, Leah Maunsell, Greg Callaghan, Kelan Grant in Madeira for the third race of the Enduro World Series, the podium is open and the battle will be even more fierce. James Flemming, J Mac, Ben Irwin, Tommy Magnenat, Peter Davison, Connor Campbell and some other seeded riders will fight until the last meter to get to that podium. Sunny weather for tomorrow, so expect to have even better conditions than today. Coffee, burgers and more will be waiting for the riders on the paddock at the end of the race, to replenish the tank while the podium ceremony is held. Pay attention to Vitus First Track Team Instagram for live action and results.

Picking up race plates
First things first, pick up race plate

Some foots here and there everything to get through those slippery roots
Some feet down here and there, anything to get through those slippery roots

Some good hacks to keep the mud away from the suspension
Hannah is looking forward for another podium
Some good hacks to keep the mud away from the suspension, Hannah is looking for another podium

There is an eBike category and man those suffer too on the mud full transmission repair for this one
There is an eBike category and man those suffer too on the mud, full transmission repair for this one

Hanna Harvey feels at home on the Big Wood trails
Hanna Harvey feels at home on the Big Wood trails

bigquotesThere are about 15 girls registered for the race, great to see that those numbers are increasing, we are going to have a good day racing. Trails are in perfect condition and with the good weather we're having, even better for tomorrow. Hanna Harvey

Chainreaction Cycles Belfast workshop doing their thing

Just the way everyone likes it loamy... but watch out for those roots
Mint trail conditions for tomorrow

One of the few rocky sections treacherous and slippery those rocks caused some damage
One of the few rocky sections, treacherous and slippery, those rocks caused some damage

One of the few moments where the Sun hits the trail 99 of the trails are deep inside the forest
One of the few moments where the Sun hits the trail, 99% of the trails are deep inside the forest

Everyone stoked with the good weather and mint conditions enjoying a hell of a day on the saddle
Everyone stoked with the good weather and mint conditions, enjoying a hell of a day on the saddle

Young guns they are not afraid of nothing NoFear and Sendit is their motto
Watch out for the new generations of riders

Upside down

Fast on the bottom of SS3
Fast on the bottom of SS3

Follow the sign to get neverending fun
Follow the sign to get neverending fun

Coming from XC first enduro race for Ruth McKee and she is enjoying it for sure
Coming from XC, first enduro race for Ruth McKee and she is enjoying it for sure


Some good histories in between these two
Some good histories in between these two

Chainreaction Cycles Belfast workshop present on all races offering services for every rider that needs it Tommy Magnenat getting his suspension tuned
Chainreaction Cycles Belfast workshop present on all races offering services for every rider that needs it, Tommy Magnenat getting his suspension dialed

Race organizer Glyn O Brien always ready to have fun in between all the stress of event organization
Race organizer, Glyn O'Brien, always ready to have fun in between all the stress of event organization

bigquotesBig Wood is a small area, but man, is fully packed with fun and physical trails, all participants will certainly enjoy a great day of racing on the best conditions possible Glyn O'Brien


MENTIONS: @VitusBikes / @ChainReactionCycles / @glynobrien



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